Kimberly E. Lewellen

Associate Attorney

San Francisco Men's Divorce Lawyer Kimberly LewellenBeing an effective advocate in domestic relations cases requires a number of characteristics, according to San Francisco and San Mateo divorce lawyer Kimberly E. Lewellen.

“To be effective, an attorney must manage the emotional issues existing in all family law matters,” Ms. Lewellen said, “and at the same time be superbly prepared, calm, steady, and on target with her professional judgment.”

Ms. Lewellen describes herself as a passionate advocate who works hard, works smart, and cares about her clients. When she meets with her clients she reminds them to “take the high road” during the process.

“Family law cases often involve one party who is unjustifiably fearful and distrusting. This will manifest in mudslinging and posturing in an attempt to bias the court,” she said. “It is critical to ‘take the high road’ and stay focused on the real issues. Eschew the normal gameplaying with confidence, calm, and credibility.”

Licenses & Admissions

Ms. Lewellen is licensed to practice law in California and admitted to practice in all California federal U.S. District Courts.

Education

Ms. Lewellen received her Bachelor of Science degree from San Francisco State University and her Juris Doctor from University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law.

Professional Experience

Prior to joining Cordell & Cordell, Ms. Lewellen exclusively practiced family law in San Francisco and Sacramento.

She also has represented clients in the areas of legal malpractice litigation defense; business litigation; personal injury; commercial litigation; and complex litigation involving class actions under Rule 23 of the Fed. R. Civ. P.; Consumer Legal Remedies Act, Cal. Civil Code Section 1771 et. seq.; California’s Unfair Competition Law, Business & Professions Code Section 17200; and the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act, 15 U.S.C. 1692 et. seq.

Associations

  • California Bar Association, Member;
  • San Francisco County Bar Association, Family Law Section;
  • Family Law Mediation Certificate;
  • California Lawyers for the Arts, Volunteer Mediation Panel;
  • Inns of Court, Lawyers Club of San Francisco, Executive Committee;
  • Wings MAP, Board of Directors;
  • Sacramento Law Foundation (Charitable Arm of the Sacramento County Bar Association), Former President;
  • Operation Protect & Defend, Modern Masters of America, Former Co-Chair;
  • Inns of Court, Schwartz/Levi Chapter, Former Barrister.

Awards

  • Ms. Lewellen was recognized in 2015 and 2016 as a Northern California Rising Star in the family law practice area by Super Lawyers, a Thomson Reuters rating service of outstanding lawyers.

  • ALI & ABA Scholarship and Leadership Award;
  • High Honors in Written Advocacy Award, McGeorge School of Law;
  • Traynor Honor Society;
  • Golden Key National Honor Society.

Speeches, Seminars, & Publications

Ms. Lewellen has presented a seminar on “Family Law for Artists” about how marriage affects rights to their work, and how to protect exclusivity under the state’s community property regime.

Ms. Lewellen wrote an article titled, “What is Our Date of Separation,” which covered whether or not married couples in California can be considered “living separate and apart” if they continue to reside in the same home but only for the sake of the children, convenience, or other practical reasons?

Reviews

5/5

“Kim is top-notch, and I couldn’t be anymore satisfied. She’s thorough, detailed and I am more than confident in her ability to represent me. I am totally getting my money’s worth.”

 

5/5

“This has honestly been the best experience. I left an attorney who had completely given up on our case to Kimberly who has gone above and beyond for us. I felt like everything was a lost cause before Kimberly took our case …”

5/5

“I am really pleased with the work Kimberly has done. I have a complicated situation, and she really seems to understand the nuances and is very knowledgeable on the subject matter. She always lets me know what the best strategy is and where we should go next.”

5/5

“Kim is our saving grace. I attribute all the success in our case to her and her hard work. I cannot say enough good things about her. “

5/5

“I am an attorney myself and have worked with many attorneys as co-counsel during litigation, so I speak from experience. Kimberly is doing an outstanding job coordinating with me and giving me advice! She comes up with creative and well thought out plans to achieve my goals. She is doing a great job keeping me up to date and always explains her strategy with me. I have been very pleased.”

5/5

“I really wished that I found your firm in the beginning of my separation.  I’ve never dealt with attorneys, court, etc. … Once I connected with Kim at Cordell & Cordell she laid out a plan and reassured me that she would work to get us to some sort of resolution. She was very professional and always provided prompt responses to any questions. I just wished I would have found your firm at the beginning of my ordeal. She is a great attorney and [I] would not hesitate to reach out to Cordell & Cordell [or] Kim again. …”